Google’s home page featured the doodle drawn by Vasudevan Deepak

For Vasudevan Deepak, the world stretches from a water gun to water colours. The colours have now brought him laurels, from no less an entity than the search engine giant Google.

Vasudevan, a second standard student at Devagiri CMI Public School, Kozhikode, now has his work displayed on the Google home page, as part of the doodles (the stylised logos in the home page) for Children’s Day.

He is one of the four winners of the Doodle for Google competitions this year in the group 1 category of students from classes 1 to 3. The winning doodles were selected from thousands of entries from schools all over India.

His doodle depicts a banyan tree, stretching from ‘G’ to ‘E’, with myriad creatures, from butterflies to an elephant taking shelter under it.

The caption reads: ‘India is like a large banyan tree that shelters and protects everyone who comes to it. It brings different kinds of living things together under the same roof.’ The trunk of the elephant has been creatively fitted into the last ‘e’ of Google. “My mother gave me the idea and I put it down on paper,” says Vasudevan, who likes to draw with crayons, though he likes sketch pens too. His mother, Anjana Bhagyanathan, who is pursuing her doctorate in architecture at the National Institute of Technology, Calicut, says that such recognition was unexpected. “This is not the way he draws usually. He likes to draw on large sheets of paper. This was done in an A4 sheet,” says Ms. Anjana.

His father, Deepak Dayanidhi, is a faculty in strategy management at the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode. The Google Doodle competition was started in India in 2009 and has competitions in three categories, classes 1 to 3, 4 to 7, and 8 to 10. This year, the overall winner is Arun Kumar Yadav, a ninth standard student of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Chandigarh.

Google home page on Children’s Day displays the prize-winning doodle of Vasudevan Deepak, second standard student at Devagiri CMI Public School, Kozhikode.